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German artist Stephan Balkenhol’s figurative wooden sculptures spurn the Classical ideals of beauty and present us with the nondescript everyday man/woman. "Man with White Shirt and Black Trousers" (2008) is an important and exciting sculpture by the artist, painted and carved from a single piece of wawa wood. Balkenhol uses paint sparingly, only for clothes, hair, lips and eyes, letting the raw wood represent the skin tones. The sculpture is in excellent condition. This sale marks the first time this work has come to auction.

To create his sculptures, including "Man with White Shirt and Black Trousers", Balkenhol chisels away at large-scale logs using power saws and hammers, letting his sculptures of life-like men and women spring forth, all part of the same log, thus bound literally to their base. Balkenhol does not seek to recapture the heroic glory of bygone periods but rather deconstruct the figurative statue by thrusting the most unremarkable men and women onto pedestals historically reserved for heroes and heroines and avoids creating a narrative or leading to allegorical interpretations. His figures are devoid of specific associations and emotions and typically wear nondescript outfits, such as the 'standard' white shirt and black pants of this male figure, clothing here further emphasizing the everyday nature of their existence.

The artist was born in 1957 in Fritzlar, Germany. He received an M.A. from The Academy of Fine Arts, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, 1976-1982, Hamburg, Germany; he studied under Sigmar Polke and Nam June Paik and was also a studio assistant for Ulrich Rückreim. The artist lives and works in Karlsruhe and Meisenthal, France.

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Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private Collection, E.U.
  • Pickup Location: Italy
  • Shipping Dimensions: 68.5 x 13.78 x 9.8 in. (173.99 x 35 x 24.89 cm.)
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